How to Grow Kirby Cucumbers


Kirby cucumbers are a small variety of cucumbers. They typically grow 6 inches or less and are known for their bumpy skins and firm flesh. Pickle recipes typically call for Kirby type cucumbers, but they can be used in a variety of other ways as well, such as salad toppers.

Things You'll Need

  • Kirby cucumber seeds
  • Organic compost
  • Trellis
  • Mulch
  • Sow Kirby cucumber seeds indoors during the spring, at least two weeks before the last spring frost. Plant seeds about one-half inch deep.

  • Add organic compost to the soil prior to planting cucumbers in your vegetable garden. Soil should be well drained with a pH of approximately 6.5.

  • Plant seedlings 18 inches apart in full sun. Use a trellis to grow Kirby cucumbers, which will help increase air circulation and reduce the risk of mildew.

  • Use mulch to suppress any weeds as well as maintain soil moisture.

  • Help plants attach to trellises by gently moving branches near them, if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sow again in summer for an extended harvest.
  • Pick cucumbers in the fall before cold weather. Even a light frost can kill your plants.

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